Closing Chant

“May all be well with humankind

May our leaders protect by staying to the right path

May good things come to those who know the earth to be sacred

May all worlds be at harmony”

These are the words of Mangala mantra as recalled by David Swenson.  I actually originally learned this translation from a former teacher of mine named Dana several years prior to meeting David.  I enjoy reciting it after my own classes for the sake of keeping an oral tradition alive.  I’ve also found a high correspondence between this version and that which Melanie Cooper wrote about in Elephant Journal.





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